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Greek Easter Soup with Avgolemeno Sauce

Ingredients

Soup

  • 1/2 chicken, cut up
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 5 cups water or chicken consomm
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • Salt and pepper

Avgolemeno Sauce (Egg-Lemon Sauce)

  • 7 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Juice of 3 lemons

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Instructions

  1. Soup: Boil chicken in the 3 cups water for 50 minutes. Remove from heat; strain broth and set aside. Chop chicken into pieces.
  2. Cook onion, dill and parsley in butter with 1 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper until soft and transparent, being careful not to brown. Add chopped chicken and cook over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken broth and enough water to make 2 quarts liquid; bring to boil and add rice. Reduce heat and cook until rice is done. Remove from heat and blend in Avgolemeno Sauce.
  3. Sauce: Beat egg whites with water until stiff. Blend in egg yolks, then add lemon juice, beating until thick. With a ladle, add a small amount of hot broth to the egg mixture, blending quickly. Pour sauce into soup and serve immediately.